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Membership 2018


Following is the membership information for 2018, through December 31, 2018. Please make your 2018 membership request either orally or by email (contact).  

PLEASE NOTE: It is NOT necessary to be a member of the ashram to participate in our activities. All are welcome.

Membership allows a sense of community with people following the same principles and practices, but is NOT a requirement for participating in ashram activities; all are welcome. Membership in the ashram is based on commitments to sadhana (the practices) and satsang (the feeling of the heart to be together). Membership is active through the last day of the current year. For people we know well, we automatically renew your membership, though you may want to reaffirm annually to be sure. Reaffirmation or renewal of membership is effective the beginning of the new year, January 1, somewhat like the New Year resolutions we are all familiar with. Your request for membership affirms your alignment with the following:

  1. RELATIONSHIPS: You have developed a personal relationship with Swami J and Ma Tri.
  2. COMMUNITY: You enjoy being in friendly community with other aspirants who are involved with the ashram.
  3. PERSPECTIVES: Your personal perspectives (world views, philosophies of life) match with the principles and practices of our tradition and ashram.
  4. COURSES: You enroll in, and actively experience our online courses
  5. SATSANG: You participate in our satsangs when you can, whether physically here at the ashram or online. Join our Abhyasa Ashram Satsang group and get involved; watch the video satsangs; make comments and raise questions. Join the Table Talk group that is linked there. Participate in some of the 10-12 streaming videos that are broadcast each week.
  6. DAILY MEDITATION: You feel committed to daily meditation, every day, regardless of the nature and length of that meditation. There may be one or more meditations per day, but the commitment is only for one.
  7. ALIGN ONE MEDITATION: You will try to align one of your meditations per week with the meditation schedule at the ashram, which is four times per day, seven days per week (daily at 6am, 12pm, 6pm, 9pm central time US). In this way there will always be at least one time per week in which we are sitting together even if you are in a different city or country.
  8. SELF-AWARENESS: You practice self-awareness or meditation in action every day, with a gentle vow to yourself to expand or deepen that awareness over time.
  9. VIDEO Channel: You have subscribeD to our Video channel on Vimeo and watch the video archives. 
  10. ONGOING LEARNING: You have some form of weekly personal learning of principles supporting practices, whether through personal contact, ashram Facebook groups, books, websites, audios, videos, or online courses. Acquire and read some of the books that we routinely review online.
  11. NEWSLETTER: You have subscribed to the Newsletter, which usually goes out about one a week.

DUES: There are no dues or fees for ashram membership, although we understand that members lovingly want to support the ashram through service or monetary donations.

MEMBERs' FACEBOOK: We have a private Facebook group for members so that we may have a more intimate community. You will need to have a personal Facebook account, and let us know the URL so we can link you to the Members' group.

GET TO KNOW US: Thank you for your interest in Abhyasa Ashram and our programs. We look forward to hearing from you. Keep in touch through video or text.We really do like to personally know the people who are members of our ashram. 

In loving service,

Swami J 

Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati

Abhyasa Ashram

505 Hooper Drive

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548